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07 March 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
Deployments
US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 07 Mar 2005 [PDF]

  • Iraqi Troops Flush Samarra of Insurgents, Weapons AFPS 07 Mar 2005 -- Iraqi security forces have netted 54 suspected insurgents, several vehicles, a weapons cache with 37 large mortar and artillery rounds, and an assortment of rifles and rocket launchers in the first three days of an anti-insurgent operation.
  • Insurgents Launch Attacks On Iraqi Soldiers, Police RFE/RL 07 Mar 2005 -- In a series of deadly attacks by insurgents in Ba'qubah, north of Baghdad, police and medical officials say at least 10 policemen and Iraqi soldiers were killed, while nearly twice that many were wounded.
  • Number of insurgent detainees mounting MNF-I/MNC-I 07 Mar 2005 -- Multi-National Forces detained 10 individuals suspected of insurgent activity during operations in northern Iraq March 6 and 7.
  • IED class improves Soldiers safety Army News 2005 -- A special Army unit in Iraq now has the mission to teach Soldiers about improvised explosive devices.
  • Marines cut into insurgents ability to operate USMC News 07 Mar 2005 -- In the middle of the night, the Marines of Heavy Equipment Platoon, Company C, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7 did some town renovations to Husaybah, Iraq, by demolishing several buildings used by insurgents.
  • Marines help Iraqi government improve border USMC News 07 Mar 2005 -- Marines from C Company, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, improved the international border between Iraq and Syria near the town of Husaybah by building a massive dirt barricade.

Deployments

  • 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, arrives at Ar Ramadi USMC News 07 Mar 2005 -- The Marines trudged up the steps of the idling 757 passenger aircraft that would soon carry them away from California.
  • 3/4 goes on the offensive USMC News 07 Mar 2005 -- The residents of the small city of Halabisah, Iraq, slept comfortably in their homes during the quiet early morning hours of March 1, unaware of the silent force closing in around them.
  • HMM-166 Marines reflect on combat deployment accomplishments USMC News 07 Mar 2005 -- Activated September 13, 1985 in Tustin, Calif., the youngest CH-46 helicopter squadron in the Marine Corps experienced their first combat tour in Iraq recently.
  • Deployment marks first combat tour for MWHS-2 USMC News 07 Mar 2005 -- Since 1955, Marines and sailors of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 have been performing command and staff functions necessary to accomplish the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing mission.

US Policy

  • BUSH/IRAQ/ITALY VOA 07 Mar 2005 -- President Bush's spokesman says it is absurd to suggest U.S. troops would knowingly target civilians in Iraq. The comments came as an Italian security agent, killed at a Baghdad checkpoint, was given a state funeral in Rome.
  • U.S. Rejects Suggestion That Ex-Hostage Was Targeted RFE/RL 07 Mar 2005 -- The White House today rejected as "absurd" an Italian journalist's suggestion that U.S. soldiers in Iraq had deliberately tried to kill her after she was freed from a month-long hostage ordeal.

United Nations

  • UN envoy starts sixth week of talks to ensure wide participation in Iraqi transition UN News Centre 07 Mar 2005 -- The top United Nations envoy for Iraq today began his sixth week of talks with political, social and religious leaders from across the spectrum after elections in which very few Sunni Arabs voted, pursuing efforts to ensure that all sectors are included in the next phase of the country's transition, including writing a new constitution.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraqis Assuming More Security Responsibility AFPS 07 Mar 2005 -- Iraqi soldiers and police are assuming more and more responsibility for their country's defense, according to Defense Department officials.
  • BULGARIA/PROBEVOA 07 Mar 2005 -- Bulgaria is urging the United States to investigate the fatal shooting of one of its soldiers who was killed Friday in Iraq, around the same time American forces also shot an Italian intelligence officer.
  • ITALY/FUNERAL VOA 07 Mar 2005 -- The state funeral for Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari was held Monday morning in a church in central Rome. Mr. Calipari was killed by U.S. troops in Baghdad, in what the United States says was an accidental shooting, as he was taking a just freed Italian hostage to safety.
  • Iraq: Italy Honors Agent Killed In U.S. Shooting RFE/RL 07 Mar 2005 -- Italy is burying secret service agent Nicola Calipari today. Calipari was killed on 4 March by fire from U.S. forces as he escorted Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena to Baghdad airport immediately after she was freed by militant captors. The fatal shooting has shocked the Italian public, in part because it spoiled what appeared to be a happy ending to Sgrena's one-month captivity.

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